Paul Peak Trail
Mount Rainier National Park

Located 17.9 miles from Buckley, Washington (WA)

4 Stars
7,233 Steps 1  (3.2 mi)

The Paul Peak Trail has a maximum elevation of 3,766 ft (1,148 m), a minimum elevation of 2,848 ft (868 m), and an elevation gain of 5,276 ft (1,608 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Paul Peak Trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
7,2333.2 mi2,848 ft3,766 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
1.7 hrs1.35,276 ft7,267 ft
[ B to A ]
1.9 hrs2.37,267 ft5,276 ft

What is the length of the Paul Peak Trail?

The length of the Paul Peak Trail is 3.2 mi (5.1 km) or 7,233 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Paul Peak Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the Paul Peak Trail in 1.7 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 1.9 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.

Paul Peak Trail Topo Maps

Download free Paul Peak Trail topo maps and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Mount Rainier National Park topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Wilkeson, WA
  2. North Topo Map: Old Baldy Mountain, WA
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Bearhead Mountain, WA
  4. West Topo Map: Le Dout Creek, WA
  5. Topo Map: Golden Lakes, WA
  6. East Topo Map: Mowich Lake, WA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Ashford, WA
  8. South Topo Map: Mount Wow, WA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Mount Rainier West, WA

Is there a Paul Peak Trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Paul Peak Trail is located on the Golden Lakes topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.

Local Weather Forecast

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  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the sum of distance on the trail where angles to the horizontal is between 30 and 50 degrees (the angle of a stairway) divided by ten, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.

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